Belfast Giants 3-1 Sheffield Steelers (final score)

Brady Ramsay
Brady Ramsay

Brady Ramsay was the import left to sit out in the cold tonight as Steelers lost the second of their fourth League matches, so far.

The fourth line forward was picked by Sheffield Steelers' coach Paul Thompson as the import to make way to allow for the return of Matt Marquardt and d-man Zack Fitzgerald for the first meeting of the season at Belfast Giants.

But the travelling side went behind after just 32 seconds.

Kevin Raine put the Irish ahead from a build up featuring Darcy Murphy and Brendan Connolly.

And after eight minutes, Steelers looked in serious trouble when Cole Jarrett scored from Jim Vandermeer and Sebastien Sylvestre.

A minute later, Belfast were cruising 3-0 Sylvestre capitalising on a 3-on-2 break.

Coach Thompson immediately called a time out to try and bring some stability.

And he was rewarded with a Levi Nelson strike straight away, assists being awarded to Mark Matheson and Andreas Valdix.

Belfast had outshot Sheffield 20-14 in the opening 20 minutes, and could have been further ahead.

In the second session, if Steelers were to get back in it, they needed to get the better of home goalie Jackson Whistle - but they found him in obstructive mood.

That led to a goalless second period, leaving Sheffield with it all to do.

The pursuit of a second Steeler goal wasn't aided when Valdix was made to sit out a 14-minute penalty for misconduct, checking from behind and roughing with Raine.

Colton Fretter was unlucky with a chance but it looked like Belfast would contain any fight-back.

Steelers, who at least got an overtime point from their home loss to Cardiff a week ago, had to settle for an empty-handed night....and will try and do better against the same opposition tomorrow night back in Sheffield.

*The Elite Ice Hockey League have announced the dates for the Play-off Finals weekend 2018 and this season’s Challenge Cup Final.

A staple in the annual ice hockey calendar, the play-offs will take place over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018 at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena.

While the 2017/18 Challenge Cup Final will be contested on Sunday 4th March at Ice Arena Wales
in Cardiff.

For the play-offs, Nottingham will again provide the venue for ice hockey’s showpiece event, where
the last four teams will compete for the final trophy of the season.

It was a happy hunting ground for Sheffield, last season.